Shaping Tomorrow

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The Shaping Tomorrow grant program promotes continuous improvement in the quality of life in Erie County by investing in multi-year projects that offer a high probability of transformational and sustainable community change. Shaping tomorrow grants address critical needs through collaborative endeavors with measurable outcomes, based on data from Erie Vital Signs.

In 2018, The Erie Community Foundation will build upon its recent Shaping Tomorrow grantmaking by launching Transformational Philanthropy 2.0. The Foundation will award up to ten $250,000 Transformational Philanthropy 2.0 grants to projects that (1) support one or more of the Foundation’s 2016 Shaping Tomorrow projects (Erie Community College, Innovation District, Neighborhood Revitalization and Community Schools); (2) are consistent with the priorities of Erie Refocused (the City’s comprehensive plan); and (3) must have solid evaluation and sustainability plans. Preference may be given to projects focused on downtown Erie and that can be measured by Erie Vital Signs.

The 2018 Transformational Philanthropy 2.0 process is as follows:

  1. Contact a member of the Community Impact staff to discuss your ideas in a pre-application meeting. This is a mandatory requirement.
  2. Submit an online Letter of Interest (LOI) by March 15, 2018
  3. Invitations will be extended to selected organizations upon review of the LOIs by The Erie Community Foundation's board
  4. Complete grant applications are due by May 15, 2018
  5. Grant awards are announced by June 15, 2018

Funding for the 2018 Shaping Tomorrow Transformational Philanthropy 2.0 grant program is made possible with support from The Erie Community Foundation and the Susan Hirt Hagen Donor Advised Fund of The Erie Community Foundation.